Patient Comments: Myofascial Pain Syndrome - Effective Treatments

What treatments have been effective for your muscle pain (myofascial pain syndrome)?

Comment from: jack, 65-74 (Patient) Published: May 17

I began to suffer from myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) three years ago. My condition is extremely debilitating if not treated and occurs in muscle tissue almost all over my body from my head to lower legs. At first, I received injections for the most painful muscle knots, which were effective, but since I suffered from about 60 knots, it was not very practical. I then discovered ultrasound treatments and lived with my ultrasound machine for a couple of years. This was effective for relieving the muscle knots, but as I am physically active, I could hardly keep up with their reformation. Last year, I discovered a product called Soothanol X2 that I found to be extremely effective and quick at relieving the symptoms. I can live a very active lifestyle and quickly relieve my pain as it arises.

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Comment from: lovebooksanddogs, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 11

I wanted to thank the people who have taken the time to post here despite being in pain. I have been diagnosed with myofascial pain syndrome. It is constant and relentless. I am still trying to figure it out after more than 2 years. Medication have been the only thing so far to help. I am going to try physical therapy again (only went for 2 weeks about a year ago) what a horrible nightmare this has been. I refuse to give up.

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Comment from: Ann, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 24

Honestly, I have tried everything- PT, rolfing, drugs - but what helps the most is a gluten and sugar free lifestyle.

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Comment from: 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 09

It's a painful condition that makes everyday muscle movements painful all day, every day. Pain medication is the only thing that helps me.

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Comment from: bugdlt, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 09

I have Myofascial Pain Syndrome since 1997, fell cross country skiing. I've tried everything that has been suggested. When I say try, I give each treatment at least 2 years. I'm still in a lot of pain, I say that only because I am in bad pain day for over 2 weeks. There are good days. What helps me the most is a combination of several things. One is Hot Bikram Yoga. It isn't for everyone. Others are massage, an antidepressant, Tramadol, and walking. I am now going to try a special diet that fights pain or a vegan diet. I haven't researched both enough to make an educated decision. But until then, it's yoga, walking, Tramadol, and antidepressants

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Comment from: stilettokiller, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 07

I have suffered from myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) for more than a year now and just recently discovered a self-help tool that has saved my life. The "Backnobber II" is a self-help tool that I discovered online. It costs about $30. Why I feel the Backnobber works: Each and every person is different, and you are the best judge of your pain and discomfort. Regular use of the Backnobber tool can help you better understand the source and nature of such problems and can be an exceptionally valuable aid in your pursuit of a healthy, pain-free lifestyle.

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Comment from: hersheykiss, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 17

I live in Asheville, NC, and we have a myofascial therapy center here. My doctor referred me there. They work on the areas you have pain. It's gentle applied hands-on therapy. I may be sore the next day, but it really helps. I have a problem with trusting people to touch my neck and shoulders. I am still working on that. My therapist helps me to relax with gentle pressure in other areas where I have pain then, works on my neck and shoulders. By then, I have relaxed considerably. My therapist can also work out the area in the back of my head where my head is throbbing. It's not complete relief but some. If you have migraines like I do, you know that some relief is a blessing.

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Comment from: chasdwitt, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 08

I just found out about myofascial pain after several doctor visits and cortisone injections, massages, and pain meds. It always comes back, in the same spot and in varying intensities.

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